The article that I found THE best was “Tracing Slave Origins” by Jason Urbanus. This article talks about how researchers were able to use the genetic material from enslaved Africans that were buried together on St. Martin. Construction workers found two men and one woman about six years ago. Archeologists noticed that the teeth of these 3 individuals were filed down intentionally. This filing down of teeth was similar to those of some regions in Africa.
Research was done from individuals at the University of Copenhagen and Stanford University. These researchers were able to isolate the DNA of the three individuals who are known as the Zoutsteeg Three. They compared the DNA of the Zoutsteeg Three to the DNA of current West African populations. Researchers discovered that one of the three slaves probably came from a Bantu-speaking population from Cameroon. The DNA also showed that the other two may have come from regions of Nigeria and Ghana that do not speak Bantu.
The article also says that this research and these findings have “important implications for the study of Caribbean slavery and the archaeology of the African diaspora”. I think this is very important because it gives us a great insight to the past. The topic of slavery is still talked about today, so I feel that it is more important than the other topics.
I picked this topic because even though I am a finance major, I have always been passionate about learning about genetics. Genetic research can really change the way archaeologist are able to learn about the past. The research can also influence what we will be able to learn and do in the future.
Not to say the other topics aren’t important as well. Another one of the articles that really stood out to me was “Earliest Stone Tools” by Zach Zorich. The fact that the earliest tools that we have discovered predate the first known humans is just mind-boggling. Tools are so essential to survival, especially during pre-historic times. I would love to learn more about who or what was using those tools and created those tools. The reason I did not pick this article as my #1 was because nothing had really been resolved. Instead of answering any questions, this article just created more unanswered questions.
Overall, I thought all of the articles were a very good read. I learned a lot more than I had imagined that I would.